Anibal Sanchez retired the first nine New York Yankees he faced, which would set the stage for a cruising victory. It was a classic Sanchez start; the numbers are not as flashy as say Max Scherzer, but they get the job done. Sanchez went seven innings allowing just two runs and four hits while striking out eight. Sanchez has been arguably the Detroit Tigers second best starter this season but hasn’t had nearly the attention being lost within the best rotation in baseball. Make no mistake about it, Anibal Sanchez is a very big piece to this team.
So many people want to make wins and losses the entire story when looking at pitchers. However, while Anibal Sanchez’s record is a very unimpressive 10-7, it is criminal to let that stat define his season. Sanchez’s ERA is amongst the very best in all of baseball, posting quality-start after quality-start and being the stable No. 2 pitcher while Doug Fister and Justin Verlander have weaved in and out of effectiveness. This is why the Tigers called at the last minute to outbid the Chicago Cubs, this is why he was given a five-year, $75 million deal.
Anibal Sanchez would be an ace on many staffs. It shows how lucky Tigers fans are to overlook a guy posting the type of numbers Sanchez has posted but it’s important to recognize that without Sanchez and his stability the Tigers would likely not be in the position they are currently in. He is just one of the reasons why every team in the American League is hoping they don’t draw the Tigers in the postseason. When Anibal Sanchez isn’t the first name that comes to mind when listing your starting pitchers, you know you have a pretty good team.